Salzburg Weekend guide
Known for Mozart and The sound of the music, Salzburg is a beautiful Austrian city surrounded by Alps. The charming old town of the city in included in the list of UNESCO World cultural heritage.
Things to do in Salzburg
1. Mirabell garden
These geometrical gardens are home to multiple mythological statues from 1730. The greenery felt so fresh and beautiful on the rainy day we were there.
2. Hohensalzburg Castle
11th century fort on the top of a hill. Hoehnsalzburg castle is one of the largest well-preserved fort in central Europe! It reminded me of Winterfell from Game of Thrones 😀 The castle gives you an amazing view of the river, mountains and the city. Entry: Standard Adult ticket costs around 10 euros. It can be found cheaper if booked online well before time.
Open your wallets and shop your heart out on this beautiful shopping street in the old town. You can also visit Getreidsgasse 9, which is the birthplace of the well-known artist Mozart.
4. Hangar 7
Modern architecture building with a nice collection of historical planes, helicopters and Formula one racing cars. The building is owned by, no surprise here, Red bull owner.
Get enchanted by this pretty town in a panorama boat. You can get one free ride if you buy the city card. Otherwise, the ticket price starts from 15 Euro per person. Due to weather, these cruises run only from March end to beginning to November.
Did you know that river Salzach is called so because ‘Salz’ in German means Salt and this river was used to transport salt from Salzburg to other cities in past!
6. Walk around the beautiful city
Salzburg is definitely one of the most charming cities in Europe. and it is small and hence you can walk around most of the town. We have been big advocates of walking the cities, whenever possible, be it Reykjavik, Rome, Bern or Thessaloniki. It is healthy, economical, eco-friendly and undoubtedly the best way to find the hidden nooks and corners of the cities.
Okay, I have to mention this, PEOPLE! People are so nice in Salzburg! I was amazed. Unknown people smile at you. Wish you a good day just because you are walking on the same street. They come around when they see you struggling (with GPS or map or even with selfies!) and offer help. I have to admit, I have never seen friendlier people. And that, my friend, is a plus that is very difficult to not count!
What to eat/drink in Salzburg
Schnitzel: Thin slice of meat, breaded and deep-fried. Traditionally, the meat is veal, but you can find other alternatives like pork and even chicken. It is generally served with potatoes and lime. I love it. I have eaten it multiple times in Munich as well.
Wild boar: Salzburg is probably the only place I have visited where they served a lot of wild boar meat. Be it in form of a hot soup-stew (Goulash) with potato dumplings or boar sausage.
Strudel: Okay. Disclaimer first, I am not sure if it comes from Bavaria or Austria but I know they both make it awesome! (Apfel-) Strudel is a typical dessert. It is like a pastry filled with apples and is served hot with a sweet sauce and/or ice cream.
Sachertorte: It is a chocolate cake with layers of jam between them. You can find them is almost all the cafes and have it with a nice hot cup of coffee.
Mozartballs: Little balls of heaven! A perfect combination of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate!
Local beer: Okay, I am living in Germany (and that too in Munich!) for more than 4 years! I have very high standards of beer now 😀 But I still like to try local beers wherever I go.
Day trips from Salzburg
1. Salt mines
About 30 minutes by car or about 1 hour and 20 minutes by public transport. Don’t miss the 360 deg view of Salt cathedral and the mirror lake! Entry ticket costs about 16.50 euros (Student discounts available!).
Fan of natural salt deposits: Visit the underground Salt mines in Krakow!
2. Ice caves
Charismatic ice caves! These beautiful formations are just about 50 minutes from Salzburg by car. They are closed in winters due to extreme temperature! Ticket costs 24 Euros with cable car and 12 euros without the cable car (1.5km walk without cable car; Student discounts available!).
Like natural wonders: Visit the stunning Ice caves in Iceland
A beautiful lake in Bavaria, Germany about 1.5 hours from Salzburg (about 3 hours from Munich). Do not, I repeat DO NOT miss the boat ride. The guide blows a trumpet at a certain place during the boat ride and you hear multiple echoes! The experience is just magical. You can get down at the small islands on the lake, have a refreshing beer and fish and then take any of the boats back! Return ticket cost about 13 Euros.
Munich, the Bavarian capital city is just 2 hours away from Salzburg. Although I recommend staying longer in Munich, if you do not have much time, you can still visit it for a day trip. Don’t miss the BMW museum which is open for public without any entry fee.
Tips and suggestions
- If you are traveling from Bavaria, Germany, you can buy the Bayern-ticket. It costs 40 euros for a group of 5 people or less! and yes, it can be used both ways. It is a comfortable 2 hours train ride from Munich.
- You can buy tickets even cheaper for the Castle if you buy them online and well in advance.
- You can also use the Salzburg city card to get free entrance to most of the tourist attractions and public transport. Depending on what you want to do in the city, It can be a good deal. We used one for Iceland and it was totally worth it!
Salzburg is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer inside and city and around it. I highly recommend visiting there!
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